Tapio Wirkkala - Boatshaped silver candlestick - Hopeatehdas Finland 1959
Tapio Wirkkala - Boatshaped silver candlestick - Hopeatehdas Finland 1959
Tapio Wirkkala - Boatshaped silver candlestick - Hopeatehdas Finland 1959

Tapio Wirkkala a boatshaped Silver - partly engraved - candlestick. Designed by Wirkkala in the 1950's and executed by Hopeatehdas Oy in 1959. Silver fineness is 813H  (813/1000).

The candlestick is boat-shaped, rising in the middle in a candle holder. Along the edge the candle-holder is engraved with a vertical decoration of in size ascending dots.

Price including VAT: Sold

 

Artist

Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wirkkala was an artist of great diversity for whom no material was alien and who left no area of design unexplored.

A glass design competition held by the Iittala glassworks in 1946 was the event that set his career in motion; the first prize went jointly to Wirkkala and Kaj Franck.

With an oeuvre that ranges from exceptionally beautiful pieces of glass art to industrial design in the form of beer bottles and banknotes, Wirkkala also designed jewellery, sculptures, and furniture.

The recipient of many awards, honorary titles, and a doctorate, Wirkkala won three Grand Prix medals at the Milan Triennale in 1954 and an additional Grand Prix medal and gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1960.

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